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March 15, 2013

Nonprofit offers utility bill help

TRAVERSE CITY — A west Michigan nonprofit group is offering financial help to low income Grand Traverse region residents who struggle to pay household energy bills.

Fremont-based TrueNorth Community Services recently extended its TrueNorth Rural Heat and Energy Solutions program to 34 counties in northern lower Michigan. The program provides money toward the cost of heat and electricity bills for individuals and families with a pre-tax annual income of less than twice the federal poverty rate.

A $6 million grant from the Michigan Public Service Commission allowed TrueNorth to expand the service to the Grand Traverse region for the first time.

"TrueNorth really focuses on rural services. It seemed there was a lot of rural need in the Grand Traverse area," said Jacob Eckholm, TrueNorth northwest region manager.

The financial assistance program runs through June 30, but Eckholm said he expects it will return in the fall.

More information and applications are available at Michigan Department of Human Services locations, several local nonprofit offices and



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